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Springfield’s Street Division: Ready for Winter with 9,000 Tons of Salt on-Hand

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Springfield Public Works says salt supplies are full, vehicles have been inspected and its Street Operations division is ready for the impending winter season.

Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey says crews have been preparing for the snow removal season since September, and have over 9,000 tons of salt on-hand.

“The guys who run these plow trucks all winter are ready to handle whatever comes their way,” said Bailey. “We have a great bunch of guys who are willing to help our citizens and dedicated to the tasks given them.”

According to a news release from the city, Public Works manages approximately 775 miles of snow routes. Shifts of 36 crew members work 12 hour shifts, providing around-the-clock service during snow and ice events.

This will be the second season Public Works is utilizing its Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) units, which provide exact location, speed, and amount of salt being applied to the streets. The department says the real-time data helps detect malfunctions in the salt spreaders and provides more efficient reporting on how much is used. Additionally, the units offer increased location detection that improves driver safety and allows the fleet to respond more quickly to service requests.

View a map of the city’s snow removal routes.